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University of Otago - Undergraduate Study Presentation

From Sarah


Welcome to

The first University in New Zealand.

Founded in 1869, the University of Otago has earned
an international reputation for the quality of its
research and teaching.


A leader in learning for 150 years, Dunedin is famous for its student culture and
Dunedin is a compact, student city which offers unique learning experiences –
inside and outside the classroom.
From world-class higher degrees, to improving your English
language, our safe and welcoming community makes Dunedin
the perfect city for students.
Being educated in Dunedin will produce a well-rounded Global
Citizen ready to succeed in any environment.
Come share the adventure with us.

Where is Dunedin

Dunedin is at the head of Otago Harbour on the
southeast coast of New Zealand’s South Island.



Dunedin is one of the world’s great small cities. A melting pot of
culture, heritage, wildlife and outdoor activities, Dunedin is a great
place to explore when you are taking a break from study.

Lovers of indoor and outdoor activities are spoilt for choice. Natural scenic beauty provides
the perfect backdrop for a world of recreational activities in Dunedin and its surrounding
region – nature and bush walks, harbour cruises and sporting events to name a few. For
indoor activities the city has world class museums and galleries, plenty of live local music
as well as boutique shopping options.

If you are excited about attending events and festivals there are plenty to choose from all
year round, from the Thieves Alley Market Day to the spectacular Mid-Winter Carnival,
there’s something for everyone. If Street Art and a sophisticated café culture are your thing
then Dunedin excels in this space!
Jump online at to find out more.




Dunedin is also a gateway to the Otago region, offering many
recreational opportunities beyond the city, be it skiing, walking, biking and
exploring the rich history of the area.

Most destinations in Otago are only 3-4 hour’s drive from Dunedin. The region
experiences all four seasons during the year and, depending on timing, schools
will provide opportunities for trips that include a range of activities related to
each season.


• Otago is among the top 3% of universities in the
world and New Zealand’s top-ranked university for
postgraduate research

• Attracts the best and brightest students from
within New Zealand and around the globe.

• Situated in a true university city with a vibrant
residential student community.

• A national university – over 85% of its students
come from outside Dunedin.

• Extensive international linkages with leading
universities across the globe America, Europe, Asia
& Oceania.

Otago Rankings

• New Zealand’s top ranked university for a
single subject area:
Physical Education – 12th, Tourism – 14th

• Dentistry – 27th, Archeology – 28th, Anatomy
– 29th, Physiology– 29th, Development
Studies – 39th
Source: QS World University Subject
Rankings, 2018

• Ranked in the top 175 universities in the
world. Source: QS World Rankings, 2019

• Ranked in the top 201-250 universities.
Source: Times Higher World Rankings

Otago Rankings

• Top 50-100 universities in the world for:
Anthropology, Earth & Marine Studies, Education,
Geography, Humanities, Law, Medicine, Modern
Languages, Nursing, Performing Arts, Pharmacy
and Pharmacology, Psychology, Theology, Divinity
and Religious Studies

§ Top 101-200 universities in the world for:
Accounting & Finance, Biological Science, Business
& Management, Communication & Media,
Economics & Econometrics, English Language and
Literature, Environmental Science, History, Politics
and International Studies, Philosophy, Sociology
Source: QS World University Subject Rankings,


• Over 20,000 full-time students.
• Over 4,500 postgraduate students, including 1,380

PhD students.
• Over 2,800 international students from over 100

countries, 12.6% of the total student population.
• 1,600 academic and research staff.
• Over 4,500 scholarly publications and/or research

outputs per year.

The Otago Campus

• 7 Libraries – largest in
Campus sits over 2000

New • International Office
• Student Learning
• Work Ready
• Career Development
• University Volunteer
• Campus Watch


• Accounting and Finance
• Economics
• Information Science
• International Business
• Management
• Marketing
• Tourism

Health Science

• Health Science 1st Year

• Professional programmes: Physiotherapy, Pharmacy,
Medical Laboratory Science, Dental Surgery and

• Medical Sciences: Anatomy, Biochemistry, Genetics,
Microbiology, Physiology, and Pharmacology

• Biomedical Sciences
• Dental Technology and Oral Health
• Molecular Biotechnology (Applied Science)


• BA – 40 majors or BASc • Music (MusB)

• Anthropology • Media, Film &
• Education Communication Studies
• English and Linguistics
• Geography • Law (LLB)
• History, Art and the • Philosophy, Politics,

Classics Economics (PPE)
• Social Work (BSW)

• Languages


• Applied Science • Geology

• Biological and Chemical • Neuroscience
• Physics and

• Computer Science and Mathematical Sciences
Telecommunications • Physical Education
• Earth and Ocean Sciences• Psychology
• Environmental and
Ecological Sciences • Surveying / GIS

• Food Science and Human

• Forensic Analytical

Otago’s Unique Courses Humanities

Health Science • Bachelor in Tourism, Languages &
• Bachelor (BHeals) of Health Science
• Dentistry
• Medical Laboratory Science


• Bachelors (BBiomedSC) Biomedical
Science Drugs & Human Health

• Energy Studies/Energy Management
• Anatomy
• Forensic Analytical Science
• Aquaculture & Fisheries
• Oceanography
• Science Communication

Tuition & Fees

• International Fees for 2019
• Undergraduate fees ranging from $25k to $34K
• (Approx 12.1 -16 lakh)


NZEA Scholarships available now until 28th October
• 1 x $10,000 (Approx 4.6 lakh) Undergraduate

All applicants must:
Be at least 18 years at the time of application
Hold current citizenship of India (and not be a citizen or
Permanent Resident of New Zealand or Australia)
Hold a minimum equivalent GPA of B+ in your most recent or
highest tertiary qualification
Have evidence of (unconditional) offer of place at a New Zealand
Tenure of award: This scholarship is for the first semester of study
in New Zealand

Application and entrance requirements

Undergraduate requirement:

• Indian CBSE or CICSE – 75% or higher,
with a min 70% in English

• State board – 80% or higher
• One year of successful study

at a recognised university or successful completion of NZ foundation
year programme
• IB Diploma with a minimum 26 or more

English ELTS 6.0 (no band below 6.0)
Internet TOEFL score of 80 (Writing 20)
• Undergraduate: Pearson Test Academic overall 58

Foundation Year

Foundation Year Profile Foundation Year

55% International and 45% Domestic New Zealand Students

• Seeking undergraduate study

• Pathway for internationals from NZ schools
Our Academic Streams Service the four University of Otago Divisions
• Arts

• Business / Commerce

• Health Sciences

• Science

Curriculum Delivery Foundation Year

• Maximum of 18 students each class
• Two lectures and 2-3 tutorials each

• Laboratories in all science subjects in

UO Health Sciences labs
• One-on-one consultations with

• 20 – 24 hours of lessons per week
• Extra English & Maths classes
• 30 Foundation Year papers
• 8 papers in Bridging Programme

Foundation Year Benefits Foundation Year

• Curriculum is delivered at an appropriate
pace and level

• Classes taught in university style ie
combination of lectures, tutorials, labs

• Cultural orientation and support prior to
pressures of 1st year study

• Studying with high performing students
from other cultures in a supportive

• Opportunity to reconsider study plan after 8
months at Foundation Year

• Familiarity with university facilities and

• Build confidence

Why Otago

Why Otago

• Small class sizes – academics are
approachable & accessible building strong
relationships with students

• Town & Gown – Australasia’s only true
student city, with a vibrant & friendly

• Relative low cost of living, in a safe &
compact city

• Gigatown – has created an innovative
environment with an entrepreneurial spirit
that students can tap into.

• Outstanding student support

• Clean air & natural beauty with easy access
to some to the most stunning landscapes in
New Zealand

Student Services

Unipol Recreation

• Sporting, Fitness & Leisure Activities
• Day and Weekend Trips
• Equipment Hire
• Courses
• Facilities and Gear

Clubs & Societies

• 120 Clubs & Societies / 70 short courses
• Indian Students Association – with many cultural

events, including Holi, Divali
• Cricket Association
• Sauna /dance rooms/craft rooms/practice

rooms/groups rooms
• $3 lunches, FREE breakfasts & frozen meals





Dunedin is a safe & compact city that you can easily walk, with majority of
University Accommodation under 10 mins walk to Campus.

• Homestay or Flatting for language students

• 14 Residential Colleges

• Abbey College for postgraduate students only

• Accommodation Office for Uni Flats

The Student Accommodation Centre staff look after the application process
for University-managed Accommodation. Once international students have
received an offer of an academic place, their accommodation application will
be forwarded to their first preference for consideration.

Living Costs

Undergraduate – Approximate in Residential College (based on 2018 pricing)

• Residential College (own room) $14,478 (3 meals x 7 days, evening

tutorials, free laundry)

• Personal Costs (40 @ $65) $2600

• Entertainment (40 @ $45) $1890

• Medical and travel insurance $620

• Total Costs $19,588 9.4 lakh Approx (based on 2018)

Undergraduate – Approximate in a private Shared Flat

• Average Rent (52 x $150) $7,800

• Food (40 x $100) $4000

• Personal Costs (40 @ $65) $2600

• Entertainment (40 @ $45) $1890

• Medical and travel insurance $620

• Total Costs $16,910 8.2 lakh Approx (based on 2018)

Living Costs

Postgraduate – Abbey College

• $381 per week (Standard Room)

• $412 per week (Standard room Private Bathroom)
• $456 per week (Large Standard Room Private Bathroom )

Abbey College– Approximate in Residential College

• Residential College $15,240

• Personal Costs (40 @ $65) $2600

• Entertainment (40 @ $45) $1890

• Medical and travel insurance $620

• Total Costs $20,350 9.8 lakh Approx (based on 2018)

Application dates

• Semester One: deadline is 31 October.
• Semester Two: deadline is 30 April.
• Online application for Residential colleges closes end

of September.
• No application fee.
• No deposit required to secure your place.

Careers Post Study

University of Otago
• Work Ready Programme
• Careers Development Centre

New Zealand Wide
• Student Job Search
• Chiasma
• Nxt Step (Graduate Jobs & Internships)
• Assistance with careers in New Zealand

Gaurav Ganve

Master of Business Data Science

When Gaurav Ganve first discovered the concepts of ‘big data’ and ‘analytics’, he reckoned data mining and machine learning could generate some of
the most exciting career opportunities of the 21st century.

After completing an engineering degree in his native India, Gaurav worked for a couple of years as a database administrator in Mumbai. He wanted to
experience another culture as well as improve his qualifications, so he began researching study opportunities overseas. He found Otago’s Master of
Business Data Science. “It was perfect for me, offering nice practical experience based on a good theoretical background. It was open-ended and had
all the right subjects including marketing and business.

“Otago is one of the top universities in the world and is well-known for its research, and the one-year course was just what I needed, so I applied as an
international student.”
Settling in was no problem. “New Zealand people are warm-hearted and friendly — they always greet you with a smile and say hello, which doesn’t
happen very often in my home country. “I had some great discussions with people I met and my fellow students and professors, who always gave
everyone a chance to express their opinions, so we were exposed to a lot of new ideas.

“Study at Otago was the opposite of Mumbai, being more practical than theoretical, and we were not spoon-fed but had to do our own research after
the concepts had been outlined to us. “If you got stuck the professors were very helpful. You could go to them with the smallest problem and they
would lead you through it until you understood. I really enjoyed my time at the University of Otago.”

After graduating, Gaurav found work as a data analyst in Wellington, involved in projects for a number of large companies, helping them understand
and use gathered information to guide them in marketing their businesses.

RITU Ganjigatti
Master of Aesthetic Dentistry

Ritu Ganjigatti was looking to study for a Master in Aesthetic Dentistry and after an internet search she came across the University of
Otago. “I had heard about its highly international atmosphere, and for being one of the top universities in the world – it stands 29th in the
world university rankings for dentistry”

Her experience with the learning/teaching environment has been nothing but positive. “It’s the best environment a student could ever
experience – Otago creates a very friendly and interactive learning environment…….staff are highly approachable, empathetic and always
willing to help their students. They’re highly passionate about their work which creates an enthusiasm amongst students to learn. While
being pioneers in their field, they also receive up-to-date information regarding all the latest advances and are a part of on-going research
- this helps us to be updated with the rapidly progressing world.”

And the transition from Ritu’s home of India to Otago has not been a difficult one due to the warm and friendly culture found at the
University of Otago. “I have never felt like I am an international student as help was available at each and every step of the way to help me
adapt. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming - their warm words and smiles make you feel you have known them for ages. I always tell
my family that Otago has a sense of happiness and energy in the air! Things are taken very calmly and you never feel depressed – I feel
that is something every university should aim for - I am so glad I am part of Otago.”

And when asked to describe the University of Otago to other international students considering study here, Ritu doesn’t hesitate. “Without
any second thoughts come to Otago! It will be one of the best decisions you will make in your life. Trust me, it feels like home and it’s
highly international, yet safe environment has always amazed me.”

Nishant Negi
Master of Business Data Science

Nishant Negi graduated from the University of Otago with a Master of Business Data Science and within one month of graduation was
in full time employment, he credits Otago for this rapid pathway from student to employee.
“I work for the ASB Bank as a Fraud/AML Intelligence Specialist, the University of Otago has the perfect environment to enable
students to learn and grow. The skills and knowledge gained at Otago enabled me to find employment.”

Why did Nishant choose to study at Otago when there were other options?
“I felt that the University of Otago offers the best curriculum for the Master of Business Data Science in New Zealand. It is also
offered as a one year course and that is why I chose to study there.”
And once Nishant was here it was clear why Otago has such a reputation for teaching excellence.
“The lecturers were amazing and approachable. They were always available to help students.”

Nishant has fond memories of his time at Otago and it wasn’t just the academic side of the university that has left an impression on
“The open and welcoming culture of all that is associated with the University of Otago meant I never felt out of place here. It is a
place that nurtures its students by providing endless opportunities and this is backed by an outstanding faculty and brilliant
And that infrastructure struck him from the very beginning.

“My favourite memory of the university is the day I first entered the central library. I was blown away by the amazing architecture.”
And when Nishant is asked how he feels having completed his Master in Business Data Science at Otago?
“I am filled with pride to be a part of the Otago alumni.”

Khushboo Soni
Forensic Science

Khushboo Soni always wanted to study forensic science and as she discovered the University of Otago is the only New Zealand university
that offers forensic science as an undergraduate programme, but the programme was not the only attraction:
“I chose Otago over other universities because it is renowned for its academic achievements all over the world, and it provides an excellent
education at a very reasonable price….”
Khushboo was awarded a New Zealand Excellence award scholarship (NZEA) and is finding that there is more to Otago than a world class
academic reputation:
“I haven’t felt homesick since the day I left my home town because there is so much to do here and so many people around to help me out.
People are so helpful, kind hearted and welcoming too which is a relief for international students like me.”

The style of teaching was also a surprise:
“The teaching style is very different to what I have experienced. Even in the theoretical classes, concepts are taught in a practical way, and
if I talk about the labs they are simply amazing!”
The teaching staff and availability of lecturers is something that Khushboo explains is not only helping her to learn, but encouraging her
passion for the subjects she is studying:
“I have had a wonderful experience with the staff, it’s very easy to approach the teaching fellows and studying is not merely learning here,
it is much more than that. Learning has become an exciting and fun task for me - Otago has made both the living and the learning
And when asked how she would describe the University of Otago to an international student thinking of studying here she replies:
“The University of Otago is a gateway to your dreams… will have a once in a life time experience with world class facilities and

Anup Mohan
Master of Business Administration

“It’s a really important decision and we need to get it right, Otago is the most logical choice for an international student wanting to do a business degree. None of the
other universities offer anything similar, for example (another NZ university) has an MBA programme but it is only offered to residential students, and only on a part-
time basis, it’s not a full time programme, so that just doesn’t work for international students. When it came to MBA colleges Otago really stood out for me.”

But it isn’t just the academic programme that attracted Anup to study here:
“I looked at other options in the USA, Asia, Canada, and Europe, and my decision also revolved around finding somewhere with a good work/life balance, a good

The pivotal point for Anup after doing his own research on finding the right MBA programme was that the Otago MBA came highly recommended by the people who had
experienced the product first hand – the University of Otago alumni.

“My decision to come here was influenced primarily by alumni. I got in touch with them (alumni) through Linkedin and email and also set up a phone call. What they told
me influenced my decision to come here.”

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